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Beast (Twisted Ever After #1) by A. Zavarelli

Beast Book Cover Beast
Twisted Ever After #1
A. Zavarelli
Fiction, Dark Romance
May 17th, 2017

Once upon a time, I believed in fairytales.

But then he took me.

And he taught me that life isn’t a fairytale.

He is scarred. Broken.

A dark and wild thing.

His beauty is violent and his words are cruel.

His heart is a shadowed landscape where nothing can grow.

He tells me he could never care for me, and he proves it every day.

He’s destroyed my life.

Tortured me.

And worse…

He’s trained me to beg for his affection.

This prison is a place where sunlight doesn’t reach.

He taught me that hate is born in darkness.

And then he taught me that sometimes love is too.

Val’s Review

I just didn’t love this like I thought I would, sadly.

But luckily, I roll with the punches, and sometimes thems just be the breaks, son.


And since I’m not “middle class,” I prefer to refer to myself as “Classy Cowboyed Up,” I shall never admit defeat and continue on.

Before I do though, I’ll give you the short version of why I didn’t love this thing as much as I anticipated:

1) Despite this disclaimer:

“This book contains dark subject matter. Wait, let me rephrase that. This book contains DARK subject matter. Please read at your own discretion…”

This was me during the what I guess were the dark parts:



I have no excuse, except SOULLESS.



2) I wasn’t able to buy in on the Stockholm front.


Bella’s breaking and torture felt rushed and happened mostly off page in a “over the next three weeks, he did [insert something nefarious here]” kind of way and it resulted in me just not being able to believe in Bella being “broken.”

3) All of ^^^THAT prevented me from ever feeling any real connection between Bella and Javier.

In short: I just didn’t believe in their love.

And that’s what we in the romance world call an OBSTACLE, my friends.


On the positive side, if we were rating this based on just the cover, it would get a million fucking stars, obviously.

I am not one of those people who really gives two fucks about the covers, but I do notice when they are exceptionally hideous or exceptionally…exceptional.

As is the case here.


Oh my ovaries.

But anyspankbank, I think I might have simply expected too much from this.

Zavarelli’s Boston Underworld is one of my favorite series of the last few years and this one, by comparison, just didn’t have the same quality character development, in my opinion.

Overall though, this was a quick and mildly entertaining enough read that they I think a lot of other people – who like dark romance and haven’t already read too many stories this one – will enjoy.